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By Gini Davis
Community Editor 

'Paws-itive' service

Injured vet finds calling in dog training, volunteering


August 15, 2019

Gini Davis

So many good boys: Jayson Southmayd, of the new, Creswell-based nonprofit SouthPaws LLC, works with his personal "pack of four": (from left) service dogs Kimber and Arrabelle, service-dog-in-training Milo and service dog Canine.

After growing up largely in foster care, Creswell native Jayson Southmayd served in the Marines, and as an Army combat medic in Iraq. Seriously injured twice, he's undergone 48 surgeries.

An implanted spinal cord stimulator sends electrical impulses that outrace pain signals to his brain, and he was the first person in Oregon fitted with a specialized IDEO (Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis) carbon fiber leg brace developed by prosthetist Ryan Blanck.

He lives with traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

But Southmayd chooses to look ahead rather than back, counting his blessings – especiall...

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